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Forgiveness

by Agron Belica

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By the age of thirteen, Agron Belica had become alienated from his family. He ran away from home, dropped out of school, and quickly became an active participant in the world of street life. As a result, he wound up spending several years in prison and various institutions. When he got out at the age of twenty, as is often the case, he promptly returned to his former life and was heading for a predictable bad end. His life had turned for the worst when he found himself on skid row. There he had a psychological breakdown that threatened his life. However, Fate intervened.

The years of abuse and misuse had taken its toll on him until he underwent a life-altering experience that caused him to change direction completely. He turned the words of his abusers from, “You’re a loser, you will never be anything” to, “I’m a winner, I am somebody.” He reformed his value system and changed his aspirations.

After spending some time in meditation and self-examination, he returned to his Albanian Muslim roots and accepted the responsibilities of life. Abandoning his former aimlessness in society’s underside, he applied himself to self-study. He began reading inspirational works and learned about the soul and the spiritual capabilities of man. He rejected the crass materialism that drives so much that is harmful in American society, and then began to set more useful goals for himself.

Thus motivated, he took part in spiritual circles and examined various religious sects. In doing so, he inadvertently became a student of comparative religion, which led to his examination of the traditional role of John the Baptist in the Christian and Islamic religious traditions. His research paper, The Revival of the Prophet Yahya in 2008 ultimately resulted in the publication of The Crucifixion: Mistaken Identity? in 2009 at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA. This book has caused considerable discussion in the field.

His controversial theories were reported in local newspapers in Massachusetts and the world over after his articles were published online by award-winning journalist, Tim King of Salem-News.com. His circle of associates has changed from gang bangers to academics and professionals who are impressed with his achievements.

The first woman to do a critical translation of the Quran, entitled The Sublime Quran, and a Muslim woman activist and scholar Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar said, “I never cease to be amazed by Agron Belica’s diverse God-given talents and blessings!”

World-renowned scholar and professor at the Hartford Seminary Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub said, “I met Agron Belica at an unusual interfaith conference in New York City. He was a professional, but also a passionate man. I soon discovered that my friend is at once a writer, a singer, and a man of many hobbies. His book on who actually was on the cross caused a stir in academia, yet Agron is not an academician. I was surprised to hear my friend’s songs, which again were artistically moving; yet, my friend is neither a professional musician nor a poet. Agron and I discovered a spiritual affinity between us, which I cannot explain. It is beautiful and enriching.”

His friend Dr. Jay R. Crook, the author of a number of books about comparative religion (The Bible: An Islamic Perspective series) and the translator of several Persian classics, edited and annotated Belica’s The Crucifixion: Mistaken Identity? About Belica, he said, “It was while working with him on that book that I got to know Agron quite well. Not only are his ideas original, but also he is adept at presenting them to the public. I had expected him to look for some other writing project after that one was accomplished, but I must confess he surprised me when he turned instead to singing. When his song was recorded, I was impressed, not just by the professionalism of the production, but by the lyrics he wrote himself from his own life experience as well. Just as his ideas about John the Baptist were original, so was the content of his song. Then, he astonished me by putting together one song after another, each one different, but all possessing a unity of presentation and depth. That he could continue to meet or excel that standard set by his first song is nothing short of amazing.”

Concurrent with his reformation, Belica met and married his soul mate in 2001. Three children have come from their union and his life has become blessed in his eyes. The words of his Lord still ring in his ears, “After difficulty comes ease.” But that is not the end.

Throughout his life, Belica has always found consolation by singing. His voice was discovered by Bashir Hasan, an Afro-American member of his religious community. Belica soon was chosen to be the caller to prayer. His colleague, Joelah Carter out of Harlem, NY, said, “No one has called the prayer as good as Agron called it, even after years later when he departed from our community.”

With this background, it was an easy progression to writing and performing his own songs about his life experiences. The idea was to find music that was compatible with his style of singing and reflective lyrics. He found it at beatsplanet productions with music producer DJ Naydee. In Belica’s own words, “He is a expert in producing music.” Belica performs and records his music at Double D Studio in Franklin, MA. Owner, engineer, and an active musician himself, Patrick Dreier has become somewhat of a mentor for Belica who is fairly new to the music business, and for this Belica is very grateful. Belica is currently working towards completing his first album, Unexpected, which should be released in the near future, God willing.


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